PLAINVILLE - Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand has raised more than $68,000 over the years for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and it will return for the ninth time on Saturday, July 14.
Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Nico Fasold, 13, his younger sister Gianna and their parents Kyle and Angela at 109 Northwest Drive. In addition to homemade lemonade, people can make donations and purchase apple fritters, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones made by family and friends of the Fasolds. Gianna will be doing face painting and temporary tattoos as well.
The home will be easy to spot, as two monster trucks will be parked on the front lawn including one from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Last year, Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand brought in more than $12,000 for the foundation and the family was honored by the Plainville Town Council for their efforts. In past years, they also collaborated with auto dealer Ken Crowley, who hosted Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand at Crowley Ford.
â€śI never expected it to get so big,â€ť said Nico. â€śBut Iâ€™ll keep doing it as long as I can. I want to raise at least $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation before I graduate high school.â€ť
Kyle Fasold said that when he went to the Make-A-Wish gala at Mohegan Sun, consultants were brought in to try to learn how the familyâ€™s fundraiser has been so successful.
â€śThey said that they have no idea how we do it,â€ť he said. â€śLast year I kept track of the cups that we used and we sold more than 300. Thatâ€™s about 26 gallons of lemonade. I was also told that their average fundraiser lasts three years. For this to be going as long as it has and for it to be as successful as it has is unheard of.â€ť
Over the nine years that Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand has been active, they have helped to grant six wishes with the foundation. The most recent recipient was Braden, a 13-year-old boy with a nervous system disorder, who Nico knew from around town. Nico helped grant his wish to go to Disney World.
The following information was provided on a Wish Story plaque given to the Fasold family:
â€śBraden knew his wish needed to involve up-close animal encounters, but unable to tolerate hot weather, his vision of an African Safari seemed out of the question. When wish granters pointed out the Starlight Safari at Walt Disney World, the 13-year-old knew exactly what his wish would be.
Less than a year later, Braden boarded a plane for the first time, kicking off a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation. Though the roller coasters and rides were unforgettable, the best part was climbing aboard the open-sided safari vehicle and donning his night vision goggles to scan the horizon for more than 30 species of African wildlife. And with one impossible adventure now a reality, Bradenâ€™s wish has opened the door to a bright future full of possibility.â€ť
â€śI loved seeing the smiles on Bradenâ€™s face the entire trip, from his first limo and airplane ride to the VIP treatment throughout the week in Florida,â€ť wrote Bradenâ€™s mom. â€śWe canâ€™t thank you all enough for this amazing adventure.â€ť
When they arenâ€™t raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nico and Gianna play piano and swim competitively. They are also involved in the Plainville Youth Theater. Gianna said that she is also learning to play the ukulele for family camping trips.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/NicosAnnualLemonadeStand.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.